I have been writing a lot about Gov Scott Walker> I really hope he can rein in his public sector unions. That is something that needs to happen in Canada.
The Wisconsin Governor wants unions to stop holding the public to ransom
By Niels Veldhuis and Milagros Palacios
Facing a $3.6-billion deficit, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently declared his state “broke.” To overcome this fiscal challenge, Mr. Walker proposed cutting generous public sector pension and health care benefits, and threatened immediate layoffs if concessions were not made. He also introduced legislation to restrict collective bargaining in the public sector and limit future wage increases to the rate of inflation.
Mr. Walker has clearly tapped into the growing backlash from ordinary working taxpayers against the generous compensation of the public sector. His willingness to tackle Wisconsin’s fiscal situation head-on is a welcome breath of fresh air.
While Canadian politicians should be following Mr. Walker’s lead, most are simply deferring fiscal problems into the future, unwilling to make the tough choices today.
Take Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. His government plans to run a $18.7-billion deficit (3% of GDP) this year and another $69.2-billion over the next six years. Jean Charest’s government in Quebec plans to finish the year with a $4.6-billion deficit (1.5% of GDP) and another $4.6-billion over the next two years.
And this from Terence Corcoran:
FP’s Terence Corcoran: Why the public sector is hanging on for all it’s worth
To Canada’s union leaders, the old putdown applies: They couldn’t organize a one-float parade. They can’t, for example, organize the relatively lower-paid workers at even one Wal-Mart outlet, despite more than a decade of trying and millions of dollars spent. They tried the banks and came up dry. Toyota Canada workers won’t have them. Michelin tire makers in the Maritimes have thrown the unions out a dozen times. As far as Canada’s private-sector workers are concerned, polls and the membership data show, they don’t want no stinkin’ union.